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May is Mental Health Awareness Month


We are at a time in this pandemic where the shock has started to wear off and we’re adjusting to finding our way down the road that still lies ahead. More than ever, it’s important that we move from thinking of self-care as a luxury to weaving it into our everyday routines and modeling this for our children. As with frequent handwashing recommendations for the sake of personal hygiene and physical immunity, we need to continually engage in activities that enhance our resilience… or psychological immunity.

This month we want to encourage everyone from teachers to parents and families to continue to build resilience with a focus on connection, calm, and gratitude. We want you to know in your minds and hearts that you have all been “doing your pandemic best” over the last several weeks to support your children, families, and school communities.

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’d like our entire Jeffco community to engage in cultivating resilience together during the month of May.  Whether you are an overnight at-home teacher for your own children, or someone who cares about a Jeffco student, we’ve got something for you!

Cultivating GRATITUDE

May 18

Design a Gratitude Collage

Make and post a photo collage or artwork showing what you are grateful for.

Gratitude Collage

gratitude collage 

May 19

Say Thanks!

Decorate your car, hang a sign, give an elbow bump to those you encounter to to let them know you appreciate them and that they mattter.


thanks sign

May 20

Three Things Thankful Challenge

List three things a day for one week that you are thankful for.  

grateful journal

  Thankfulness Challenge

May 21

Thankful Thursday

Grow your Gratitude with a Gratitude Tree

Collect your thoughts with a Gratitude Jar

gratitude tree

May 22

Play Day!

Decorate your driveway, sidewalks or neighborhood with chalk messages of thanks and encouragement.

Try an "old school" game for great family time and conection. 

chalk heart 

Additional resources

Brene BrownBrene Brown on Joy and Gratitude

Brene Brown is a research professor who has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. Here some words of advice on the importance of bringing gratitude into your daily practice. 



7 tips to happiness7 Tips for Finding The Positive

By looking for opportunity in adversity or finding ways to remember the good things about who or what we’ve lost, we can help ourselves to recover mentally and emotionally. Check out these tips for ‘getting by’ and use the one page guide to help you reframing the tough stuff into feelings of gratitude.




online journalingPenzu Online Journaling

Penzu is a free, private online diary-hosting website. With Penzu, you can create written entries similar to a standard personal journal and you can also upload photos from your devices.

Journal Prompts
Here are two seven day challenges with prompts to help guide you through reflecting, connecting and coping with anxiety during this trying time. 




grateful journal21-Day Thankfulness Journal

Did you know that naming three new things you are grateful for each day for 21 days can literally change your brain chemistry? Noticing and reflecting on things we are thankful for can train our minds to focus on the good happening around us!





GOLDEN SUNGratitude Exercises

Click here to discover some of the most popular exercises and activities, as well as tips to cultivate your own gratitude practice.


Greater Good May 2020 Happiness Calendar

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Greater Good May 2020 Calendar

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